Monthly Archives: March 2014

WANTED! Good Readers, Good Listeners

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Gore Vidal spoke of the demise of good writing because there are no good readers.  Writers are told to keep material at an eighth-grade reading level in order to reach the general public. 

As the Word of God has come to us, how many “good readers,” or “good listeners” have been around?   When Noah built the ark, should he have dumbed-down and softened the message of coming judgment to appeal to the crowd? 

How much should we adapt to a materialistic, hedonistic culture in order to reach people?  How far should we go to make the message simplistic and palatable?  Should ministers, teachers and writers abandon the rich exegesis of scripture because there are no “good” readers or listeners?

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  II Timothy 4:3 (NIV)

From The Finale by Calvin Miller

When the heavens finally dissolve
and the sound of splintering suns
grows deafening around colliding
worlds, some prophet will be
found extolling hope while fissures
crack the ground beneath his feet.
Beware, O earth, the prophet who
claims to know the time but
never wears a watch.

Martha Hawn VanCise©2014

Tips for Fruit Producers


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Hannah Whitall Smith’s (1858-1911) writings have provided encouragement in my walk with God. Her insights on bearing fruit are still relevant a 100 years later. 

We need not trouble ourselves about our fruit-bearing. It is “ordained” that we will bring forth fruit just as it is ordained that a fig tree will bear figs. It is the law of our spiritual life. We can no more have real spiritual life within us without bearing fruit than the oak tree can have life without bearing acorns…  

…there is a vast amount of effort among Christians to hang fruit on their branches by some outside performances … fruit must be “brought forth,” not fastened on. …The law of fruit bearing is clearly this, that our fruit can only be the outcome of what we are.

One of the laws of life is that all plants must yield fruit after their own kind. I must be content, therefore to be the type of plant and bear the type of fruit the divine Husbandman pleases. We do not always like to be what God has made us to be. 

Be content to be what God has made you,
but do not be content
until you are the best of its kind.

 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—( John 15:16 NIV)

Martha Hawn VanCise ©2014